Jul7TueJuly 7, 2020
It's 2020! Have you made a pledge to be more like Jesus; to live like Him, do what He did and wants us to do? We can't do what He wants without these two key helps: Holy Spirit and the Word of God. As we follow the Life of Jesus, from His birth into ministry, we see that He needed to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit was key to His ministry. Jesus describes Him as "the Helper", "the Encourager", "the Comforter", "Spirit of truth" and "power from on high". Luke 4:1 says, "Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit... and was led by the Spirit". Without Holy Spirit, He would not have overcome the temptation of the Devil. Holy Spirit was also the reason He was such a powerful teacher (Luke 4:15, 22, 32, 36), and able to heal and set the captives free (4:18-19).
How does Jesus overcome the temptation of the Devil? By using the Word of God, in the power of Holy Spirit. He quoted the Word! "It is written", was the phrase by which Jesus defeated the Devil (Luke 4:3-13). He wielded the Word like a sword to cut down the enemy's lies (Eph. 6:17)Jesus knew the Word; it was in His heart! He also knew the authority and power He possessed because of Holy Spirit and the Word (Luke 4:36). With these two gifts, He could cast out demons! Demons have to obey the Word, and submit to Jesus full of Holy Spirit - the Spirit of God is more powerful than any demonic spirit! Jesus continued to heal the sick and cast out demons throughout His ministry (4:38-42). As we get further into the gospels and closer to Jesus being crucified, we see Him transfer His ministry to His disciples. He encourages them to be people walking in the authority of the Word and the power of Holy Spirit. He wants us as His disciples to live the same life He did (John 14:12). Can we be who Jesus wants us to be? Can we do what He wants us to do? YES! Let's commit to be people of the Word, who walk in the power of Holy Spirit. This is living a Kingdom life (Luke 4:43); the life Jesus wants us to live (Mark 16:15-20)
Read and meditate on Luke 4.
Be encouraged and challenged to live like Jesus.